“It’s true that many Americans have an active suspicion and dislike of the “educated.” They ask, “what makes you an expert?” when they’re really asking, “what gives you the right to disagree with me?” The term “college graduate” has become in some circles a negative. Hostility is especially focused on the “Eastern Elite,” to the chagrin of we Midwestern Elitists. To describe someone as a “Harvard student” is to dismiss them as beneath consideration. You can often hear the words “so-called” in front of words like scientist, educator, philosopher. I don’t believe this is intended to imply that the person involved is not a scientist, etc., but to suggest that no one calling himself such a thing is to be trusted—because he is no doubt many other undesirable things.”—roger ebert, in a vehement defense of his pan of transformers 2.
“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white. Or a rape.”—richard milhouse nixon, 37th president of the united states, according to newly released white house audiotapes from 1973. (via new york times)